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The Mystery of Maya Blue Finally Solved

20 Mar 2017

Maya Blue, a vibrant light blue colour, characterizes the civilisation that flourished across Mesoamerica between the 3rd and 10th century. The pigment was used to decorate pottery, murals and...

How was “SpaceShipOne” powered?

20 Mar 2017

Who would have ever thought that rubber tires and laughing gas would be instrumental in getting a privately funded craft into space to claim a prize of ten million dollars? Yet, that is just what...

Are Vitamin K2 Supplements Recommended?

20 Mar 2017

It isn't clear. But there clearly is some interesting history here.

Helicobacter Pylori

20 Mar 2017

The 2005 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology was awarded to Australian Drs. Robin Warren and Barry Marshall for demonstrating that most ulcers are caused by a bacterium and can be cured with...

Honey Hype

20 Mar 2017

We have a sweet topic for today. Honey. That concentrated solution of sugars in water that was central to Winnie the Pooh's obsession. Most of us like it too. The main sugars in honey are fructose...

The Good Old Days?

20 Mar 2017

Surveys show that one of the biggest worries people have is about the safety of our food supply. When asked what they are concerned about, they mention pesticide residues, additives, genetic...

Hormones and Cancer Treatments

20 Mar 2017

The first scientific observation about breast cancer was made in 1896 when it was noted that the disease sometimes regressed if the ovaries were removed. Eventually this connection was understood...

The Story of Perfume

20 Mar 2017

“Purple the sails, and so perfumed, that the winds were love-sick with them,” Shakespeare wrote. Cleopatra is said to have greeted Marc Antony on a boat with perfumed sails after the assassination...


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